Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Here are some great items to "Green your School Routine!"
My favorite lunch box system is the Kids Konserve Waste Free Lunch Kit. This is a perfect collection of everything you need for lunch: recycled cotton sack, cloth napkin, 304 food-grade stainless steel beverage bottle, food kozy and two 304 food grade stainless steel food containers. These are BPA, Lead and phthalate free, adorable, reusable and even recyclable. They also come in a Butterfly print and Caterpillar Go Wild (pictured above at top of this blog).
I also like the Kids Konserve Insulated Lunch Sack to keep lunch items cold. These are the perfect size for kids and adults (12" x 7.5" x 5") and have a handy adjustable strap for easy transport. The exterior is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles (awesome!) and the inside from eco-friendly, BPA and lead-free insulation. There is also a pocket on the inside for your reusable napkin, utensils or for an ice pack, like the Kids Konserve Squiggle Sweat-Free Ice Pack.
These come in Moss and Beach (pictured) colors - I am a little partial to the Beach color, and it's bright color and pattern appeal to kids.
Another eco-friendly lunch box option are the Sugarbooger Lunch Sack. These are adorably patterned bags made of laminated canvas and fully insulated interior. They have a handle strap on the top and a hook & loop closure and even have an ID holder. These are easy to clean and are even machine washable (line dry). Measures 10 x 6.5 x 4.5" so they are the perfect size for a kids lunch and will fit easily into their backpack. Best feature of these lunch sacks are the fun and attractive designs! Here are some to choose from:
Flutterby - adorable and colorful butterflies!
"You Rock" - girls (pink and artsy) and Boys (blue Guitar Hero)
Vroom - light blue with red cars, buses; Fairies and Berries - pink w/ pretty flowers, little fairies/berries; Outer space, Vintage Alphabet, and Robots (pictured).
Sandwich & Snack Bags:
I really like zip lock bags but I do not like the fact that they are plastic and not biodegradable so even though I reused the zip locks until they could not be used any more, a while back I stopped buying them altogether. There are many great options now for sandwiches and snacks.
Reusies makes really cute reusable bags in two different sizes, 7.5"x6" and 6"x5" so they are great for sandwiches (larger size) and snacks. They are made of 100% cotton lined with waterproof nylon and closure is a fold-over flap with Velcro. They are BPA, phthalate and lead free AND they are made in the USA by a Seattle company! They have plenty of great designs - many can be found on Amazon.com (or check out reusies.com for the full line). Some of the designs (many are 2packs) include: Peace Flower, Pirates, Soccer and Baseball (pictured).
Another alternative to plastic bags are the Jaq Jaq Perfect Pouches - these are translucent (so you can see what's inside) and have a zipper closure so they are great for small snacks and other objects. Free of BPA, phthalate and PVC, these are the closest thing to an eco-friendly zip-lock alternative. Perfect Pouches are sold in 2-packs - The large size are 10.5" x 12" and the small are 8"x8". You might want to use the larger size for organizing larger items like writing pads, pencils, crayons, coloring books, eating utensils and even dishes. The styles include: Blue trimmed clear: small size, Pink Dots, large size, and Airplanes, small sized (pictured)
Eco-Friendly pencils and pads: